Six former council homes on Tape Lane, Hurst have now been demolished and early in the new year, construction will start on 11 much needed, new, social rent homes. The new homes are funded by Wokingham Borough Council.
Ahead of the fast approaching Christmas period, contractors have been working to clear and prepare land at Tape Lane in Hurst ready for construction to start in early 2019.
The council-owned site achieved planning permission in October 2017 to knock down six non-traditional built council homes that failed to meet the Decent Homes Standard. The tenants have been re-allocated homes elsewhere in the borough.
The start of activity at Tape Lane marks a milestone achievement for the council as it returns to the business of building good quality, traditional council housing for the first time in more than a decade. The 11 new houses will consist of a mix of two and three bedroom homes as well as one four bedroom bungalow.
The site demolition and future development is being overseen by the council-owned development company Wokingham Housing (WHL).
Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, deputy leader of the council, said: “The provision of good quality, affordable and social housing across the Borough is of the upmost importance to the council. Tape Lane is an excellent example of how we can take something that is old and no longer fit for purpose and then deliver new homes that are in line with need and built to a specification that will last for future generations.”
Upon completion the properties will be owned and maintained within the council’s housing and revenue account (HRA).